Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

Mario Balotelli AC Milan (Getty Images)

By FRANCO PANIZO

From high-profile Champions League games in Europe to an intriguing match stateside with plenty at stake, there’s something for every American soccer fan to watch on Tuesday.

The afternoon’s slate of fixtures is littered with interesting battles and a few of them will pit some of the biggest clubs in Europe against one another. There’s Borussia Dortmund’s clash with Olympique Marseille, Ajax’s battle with AC Milan and Celtic’s tilt with Barcelona, mouth-watering match-ups that will attract plenty of eyeballs in the U.S. and world wide.

At night, D.C. United will look to pull off a massive upset again Real Salt Lake in the U.S. Open Cup final at Rio Tinto Stadium. Not much has gone right for United this season in league play, but they can somewhat redeem themselves by picking up some hardware against an in-form RSL side determined to win the 100th edition of the tournament in front of its home crowd.

If you will be watching any of today’s games, please feel free to leave your thoughts, play-by-play and analysis in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Today’s TV schedule is after the jump):

12:00pm - Zenit vs. Austria Vienna- Fox Soccer Plus/Fox Deportes

2:45pm- Basel vs. Schalke 04- Fox Soccer 2Go

2:45pm- Steaua Bucureşti vs. Chelsea- Fox Soccer 2Go

2:45pm- Borussia Dortmund vs. Olympique Marseille- Fox Soccer 2Go

2:45pm- Arsenal vs. Napoli-  Fox Soccer Plus

2:45pm- Porto vs. Atlético Madrid- Fox Soccer 2Go

2:45pm- Ajax vs. Milan- Fox Sports Net

2:45pm- Celtic vs Barcelona- Fox Deportes/Fox Soccer 2Go

9pm- Real Salt Lake vs. D.C. United- GolTV

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58 Responses to Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

  1. Scott says:

    Ozil with an awesome finish. Quick 1-0 lead for the Gunners

  2. Clyde Frog says:

    Whitbread with a goal in his debut with Derby County against Ipswich. At least I think it’s his debut. Derby are down 1-3 in the 20′ however.

  3. petedx says:

    Arsenal look really, really good. Never would of thought that after that villa game.

  4. Mike E. says:

    Jeez Celtic are a bunch of thugs. No wonder the SPL has such an awful reputation. If THIS is your top team? Elbows everywhere. Late cheap shots. Shoves.

  5. Mike E. says:

    Scott Brown intentionally kicks Neymar after fouling him on the fast break. Yellow card followed by a straight red card.

    Pathetic joke of a team.

    • away goals says:

      Barca must be destroying them then?

    • Eric says:

      Intentionally kicked Neymar? Not really. And if you think Celtic is a “pathetic joke of a team” then why is Barca struggling to squeak out a win when they’ve had a man advantage for a third of the match?

  6. Tensnake says:

    Nice acting by Neymar to get Brown sent off.

    • Mike E. says:

      You’re kidding right? He intentionally kicked him after the play. I mean honestly are you that daft? Straight red every day and Sunday regardless of the amount of contact–and he certainly made plenty of contact.

      • away goals says:

        Not really the assault mike e is claiming: link to t.co

        • bryan says:

          seriously…

        • byrdman says:

          Really Mike E that wasn’t much. Yeah a rough take down, deserving of yellow, but the little nick at the end, might not have been intentional. I tend to think it was because of the way his foot came up and the toe lifted like a kick. But I don’t think it was worthy 7 to 10 in Attica like you are claiming..

      • Tensnake says:

        link to youtu.be

        Yeah you can tell he really tried to break Neymar’s arm there lol. La Liga just living up to it’s name.

      • Eric says:

        Mike is apparently not letting video evidence get in the way of his crappy point.

      • Increase says:

        Did he kick him or just try to slow down while going by him…. I mean… I didn’t really see him go out of his way to make contact…. just looked like aftermath of a guy being fouled….

      • Increase says:

        link to youtube.com

        Much better view of the foul. You can kinda see how the angle of his leg changed to ensure contact. It was dumb.
        Barely a kick but clear enough that he didn’t have to kick him nor did he attempt not to kick him.

  7. Bac says:

    Champions league fixture,
    0-0 late in the game,
    Barca playing with a man advantage….

    Celtic has em right where they want em

  8. elgringorico says:

    What a stupid call by the ref on the Balotelli PK, stole the points from Ajax

  9. Eric says:

    Really soft straight red on Celtic. Barca was fairly unimpressive today.

  10. bryan says:

    Barca fans/players are seriously some of the biggest babies in the game. unbelievable. i was expecting to see Neymar taken the F out and he was hardly touched and pulled out his best Busquets “Sniper” impression.

    Celtic v. Barca is an awful game anyway.

  11. Travis says:

    The red in the Barca game was a joke and Balo’s dive in the Milan game was disgraceful. Dortmund with a nice bounce back performance after their one against Napoli two weeks ago. If Arsenal can take care of things at home in the next two games they will be through more than likely.

    • john says:

      The Celtic red was a joke? You obviously didn’t see the replay, he clearly kicked Neymar after the initial foul.

      • bryan says:

        to be fair, the fact that the internet is debating this on every soccer website right now shows there was nothing “clear” about that call.

      • Travis says:

        I guess the joke is more about Neymar’s reaction to the love tap, he was barely touched and acted as if he was being tortured.

        • Travis says:

          Just to further clarify, kicking out like that is stupid and probably deserves a red. However acting like youve just been stabbed and writhing in pain is a joke when all that happened is you barely got kicked.

  12. Darwin says:

    I want another Mike E comment!

  13. MikeG says:

    I posted recently how valuable a #10 type of play-maker can be to a team. Ozil. Nuff said. Ronaldo’s comments about how valuable Ozil it. Nuff said. This link says plenty:

    link to uefa.com

    For the USMNT Donovan is that #10 player play-maker, but Donovan WILL ACTUALLY score more goals than Ozil will while playing the same role.

    All opinions welcome:

    • SBB says:

      I really hope you’re not insinuating Donovan is better than Ozil.
      If Ozil played for the Galaxy he would score way more goals than Donovan.
      In the national team Ozil has Gomez, Klose and Kruse to finish his plays. Donovan has Altidore.
      Donovan play in MLS
      Ozil plays in the EPL.
      What’s your point?

      • Andrew In Tally says:

        Donovan’s goal scoring prowess speaks for itself. He is a better goal scorer than Ozil, who is a great playmaker who gets the occasional goal. He is not a great finisher. Donovan has scored at every level. But this is a silly argument. It’s just a thing of beauty to see Ozil on the ball. He has his Arsenal teammates thinking they are all equally as good. Aaron Ramsey the new Gareth Bale.

      • MikeG says:

        Donovan will score more goals than Ozil playing the same role. That is the point. Did not say anything about MLS or Bundesliga or this or that player is better than the other. This team has that player as a forward. You read too much into it. You insinuated. Make your own original post.

      • Lucas P says:

        Comparing leagues again…so insecure

    • MikeG says:

      The only thing I may be insinuating is Donovan needs to play this role for the rest of the qualifiers and into the World Cup. He could be a valuable offensive hub.

    • Kevin_H says:

      Just to be nit-picky, if “nuff” was said then that’s where you stop talking.

  14. Pace says:

    So, Spector still exists, huh.

  15. Ben says:

    Wow,Ozil is amazing. I don’t think I gave him enough credit at Madrid, but you see when Ronaldo wanted to keep. He does things while making it look effortless.

  16. Believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ says:

    Xolos USA and america play tonight on unimas 8pm central as well.

    • MikeG says:

      thanks for the heads up

    • Only saw the second half but man xolos were dreadful. Gomez looked like a island out there, even with a strike partner. Absolutely no creativity. I liked coronas defense of work but you can tell he’s a little confused on when to go up field. Castillo and Ariola were very good going forward, with much of the attack coming down Castillos left flank

  17. ThaDeuce says:

    Surely you will give us a play by play commentary for the us open cup final that hardly anyone can watch on TV!?

  18. Fredo says:

    Nick DeLeon is still alive?

  19. Fredo says:

    No blood, no glory.

  20. ed from houston says:

    come on DC, hold the result, i am rooting for you

  21. Joamiq says:

    Wow. How did RSL manage to not win this one?

  22. bryan says:

    DC!!!

  23. elgringorico says:

    how may trophies have you won, red bull, red bull? how many trophies have you won?

  24. Fredo says:

    Stupid RSL